Party like it’s 1978!
All the Visalia Rawhide needed to do was win one more game against Lake Elsinore to win the California League Championship for the first time since 1978.
On Saturday night, the Rawhide did just that.
But not until after Visalia blew a three-nothing lead in the fifth inning. The Storm would tie the game in the eighth, 3-3, eventually forcing extra innings.
All that did was set up Alek Thomas to be the hero.
Thomas came to the plate in the bottom of the tenth inning with Geraldo Perdomo on base. He proceeded to hit a walk-off double, driving in Perdomo, and giving the Rawhide a 4-3 win and its first California League championship in 41 years.